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New vs Established Patient

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    Question New vs Established Patient
    Medical Coding Books
    Good afternoon all,

    If one of our doctors performs an arteriogram on a patient, and then that patient comes into the clinic to discuss the result and any treatment options, would that patient be a New Pt or would they now become an Established Pt?

    What if they were first seen for something non-invasive like a CT or MRA?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Once a physician has provided a face to face service the patient becomes established.

    If all the physician did was read results of a test done by a tech, like a CT scan, then they would still be considered a new patient when they come for the results.

    Laura, CPC

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    Default New vs Established Patient
    That's what I thought and it makes sense. Thanks!

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